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Via the very useful Euractiv we learn that, now that the Lisbon Treaty is in force and the EU has the power to legislate on sport, the European Commission is set to launch a “wide stakeholder consultation” to prepare for the first EU sports programme, expected in 2012.

Reading through the EU Sport Commissioner’s ideas for such a ‘programme’, we’re finding it hard to keep a straight face.

In particular, he wants the programme to “Contribute to the promotion of European values (physical and moral integrity of sportspersons, fairness of competitions): projects could address issues such as doping, racism and protection of minors”.

Since when were the physical and moral integrity of sportpersons and fairness of competitions European values? Bit of an arrogant insult to the rest of the world wouldn’t you say? And looks pretty stupid coming hot on the heels of the Ireland/France World Cup Qualifier!

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